Need to find a job fast? There are job search shortcuts you can utilize to cut down the time it takes to find a job. Use these shortcuts to help expedite your job search.
However, keep in mind that the best way to save time job searching is to be prepared in advance - have a resume ready, have contacts you can connect with, and be ready to job search, just in case you have to on short notice.
Job Search Shortcuts
Have Your Resume Ready
Creating a resume from scratch is not only hard work, it's time consuming. If you don't have a resume, write one, then update it every time you get a new job. That way, it'll be ready to send out when a good opportunity comes along. Review my Resume Guide to get started.
Tweak Your Cover Letters
You definitely should write a unique cover letter for every job you apply for. However, if you save a copy of all the cover letters you write, you can tweak and edit an existing letter to use to apply for a different job opportunity. Copying, pasting, and editing are shortcuts that will save quite a bit of time.
Use the Job Search Engines
Use a job search engine to search all the top job sites, company sites, and online newspapers. There are a variety of job search engine sites that will search all the job sites to capture new job postings. This is a shortcut that will save lots of time, because you're searching on one job search site instead of many different sites.
Apply Directly at Company Sites
Company web sites are among the best sources of job listings, especially if you know what companies you are interested in working for. You can go directly to the source and search for and apply for jobs on many company web sites.
Build a Network
If you don't have a network of friends and colleagues on Facebook, LinkedIn, and the other social networking sites, get going and build yourself a network - fast. It won't take long to build a career network that you can use to enhance your career and assist with your job search.
Use Networking Sites
Another job search shortcut is to use LinkedIn for several stages of the job search process. You can apply for jobs, connect with the hiring manager or recruiter, and use your references to recommend you for the the position.
Use Online Job Search Tools
There are a variety of widgets, gadgets, and tools that will help expedite your Internet job search. Try them out and see how much time you save having programs do the work for you.
Get Your Job Search Back on Track
When your job search is stalled there are ways to unstick it and get back on track - fast. It can be as simple as making sure you are finding the right opportunities to apply to and looking for those jobs in all the right places.
Get Job Search Help
You can move your job search along by getting assistance. Here's how job seekers can find free, or inexpensive, resources in their geographic areas including career counselors and coaches.
Speed Up Your Job Search
Review these ten quick time-saving job search tips that will help your hunt for a new job go smoothly.